The most famous porn star in the world … probably Linda Lovelace

I am not a fundi about porn movies.  In fact if someone asked me to name a porn star the only name I could come up with is Linda Lovelace.  The only porn movie I could name is Deep Throat. Linda Lovelace made only one porn movie, way back in the early 1970s, Deep Throat.

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Lovelace is a 2013 American biographical drama about Linda Lovelace directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman.  Amanda Seyfried plays the title role, and the portrayal is brilliant.

What follows is a story line spoiler, which I don’t usually do, but because I want Christians who are interested in sex trafficking and other exploitation of females to actually see the movie, I do include the story, along with a warning that there is some sex, but it is not erotic.  This is fairly harrowing viewing, but the story of redemption is wonderful.

Born Linda Boreman to strict Catholic parents (Sharon Stone as Mrs Boreman and Robert Patrick as Linda’s father), the action begins when she is 20.  It covers the next twelve years.  She meets Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard), leaves home on bad terms with her parents, marries Chuck Traynor, a barman and a pimp.  The scenes play out twice.  Once they show the public image.  The second time we see them the domestic abuse unfolds as Traynor forces Linda into prostitution, and then into pornography.

The movie, Deep Throat, is an overnight success, making a fortune.  Linda meets Hugh Hefner (James Franco) who tries to convince her about her potential.  That very night Traynor beats her mercilessly and then sells her for a gang bang.  She goes to Romano (one of the makers of Deep Throat, played by Chris Noth) and shows him her bruises.  Romano helps her to leave Traynor.  The movie is close to the end and the feeling of redemption is starting to show through.

We now find Linda taking a polygraph test prior to publishing her story.  She passes it, and celebrates this with her new husband, Larry Marchiano and their son.  She appears on Donahue, a TV show and her parents watch that.  She and her parents are reconciled (even though they don’t really deserve to have her love again) – more redemption.

The movie reveals that Deep Throat made over $600 million.  Linda Lovelace earned $1250 which her husband took.  Ordeal sold three printings.  Linda Marchiano continued to speak out against pornography and domestic violence until her death from injuries as a result of a car accident in 2002 when she was 53.

This is truly a fascinating subject, and I found the fact that the most famous porn star of  the most famous porn movie of all time was a victim to be very poignant.  The point of the movie for me is the redemption.

All round, the movie was a box office failure in the United States of America.  Lovelace is being flighted at Cinema Nouveau theatres round the country from 28 August 2014.  I recommend this movie to all who are interested in the plight of those forced into sex work.

 

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Clergy person, theatre and music lover, avid reader, foodie. Basically, I write about what I do, where I go and things I love (or hate).
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